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United Nations Development Programme is a specialized welfare programme of United Nations working for the uplift and development of all its member countries in the world. It mainly forwards co-operation, adherence, grant and support to the developing and least developed countries of the world to accomplish millennium development goal. UNDP attempts on some specialized global issues like HIV/ AIDS, poverty reduction, environmental crisis, and deficit of food etc and tries for its enhancement. It is voluntarily funded by its member nations to carry out its projects. It prepares annual report showing human development index so that quality of life in the concerned country can come out. UNDP is headquartered in New York where through regular meetings decisions are taken. The organisation is run and advocated by its secretary general along with committee members. But the secretary general is liable in executing its functions. The present secretary general is Kemal Dervis who advocates the organisation and supervises the improvement in the work. The key policy of U.N.D.P. is its appointment of good will ambassadors who will propagate the developmental works and welfare steps of UNDP that it has taken for the enhancement of the least developed people and will disseminate awareness among the people to lead healthy life.

Libyan ban lift paves way for Islamists to run for control of government

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Tripoli, May 3 (ANI): Libyan authorities have reportedly dropped a ban against forming political parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, paving way for Islamists to run for control of the government.

Sri Lankan business chamber steps up trade with BRICS

May 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Colombo, May 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's largest business chamber has signed a deal with an organization representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to increase trade ties, a statement said here Thursday.

UAE launches major tourism project

May 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Dubai, May 2 (IANS/WAM) The UAE government has launched a major eco-tourism project in the emirate of Sharjah.

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New method can make even muddy water safe for drinking

May 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): A scientist at Michigan Technological University has developed a simple, cheap way to make water safe to drink, even if it's muddy.

Sibal concerned over discrimination against N-E students

May 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over the recent incidents of alleged discrimination against students from Northeastern states.

Sibal expresses concern over discrimination of northeastern students

May 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

New Delhi, May 2(ANI): Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has expressed concern over recent incidents of alleged discrimination of students from the northeast.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Experts have described Maoists as the growing threat to India's internal security, and one of the ways it can be tackled is by focussing on inclusive growth in areas under their influence.

Hyderabad Metro to finalise vendors in two months

May 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) Larsen and Toubro Metro Rail (Hyderabad), a subsidiary of L&T Infrastructure Development Projects, will finalise in the next two to three months vendors for various components of the Rs.16,375 crore Hyderabad metro rail project, described as the world's largest metro project under public-private partnership.

EU to cut aid to Indonesia in 2014

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Jakarta, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): A senior European Union (EU) official said here on Tuesday that EU will cut aid to Indonesia in the fields of education, good governance, climate change, and trade investment in 2014, a local media reported.

Myanmar govt hopeful of making peace with KIO: Thein Sein

May 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Yangon, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): Myanmar President U Thein Sein said the government is putting hope on making peace with the ethnic Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) as the peace process is going on despite differences in some facts, official media reported Tuesday.

Ladakh is waking up to the cries of environment

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Kargil, May 1 (ANI): Its summer season and all of us are busy planning the destination that will give us some respite from the sweltering heat of the metropolitans. As the trend goes - what better than the snow covered hills and the gorgeous vistas of the beautiful Ladakh valley that offers warm hospitality at its best? Families, friends, honeymooners go there in great numbers, enjoy the scenic beauty, shop and come back: but there is more to this "been there, done that" experience.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): A London-based human rights activist has accused the Maoists of running an extortion economy under the guise of a popular revolution.

Delegates begin arriving for ADB's 45th annual meeting in Manila

May 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Manila, May 1, (Xinhua-ANI): Delegates have begun arriving at the Philippine International Convention Center to register for the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 45th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors, which begins Wednesday, a ADB statement said Tuesday.

Study to save Irrawaddy dolphins

April 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Phnom Penh, April 30 (IANS) A study was launched to protect the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia's Mekong river, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Monday.

Having kids doesn't encourage parents to eat healthy

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

London, April 30 (ANI): It is believed that starting a family will lead parents to healthier eating habits, as they try to set a good example for their children.

Rising number of political party, a big challenge: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi said that paid news has emerged a major challenge before the election commission and there is a need

China's petrochemical sector growth slows

April 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Beijing, April 30 (IANS) China's petrochemical industry expanded at much slower pace in the first quarter amid the economic slowdown, according to data released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Monday.

Chinese shipbuilders in choppy waters

April 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Beijing, April 30 (IANS) Chinese shipbuilding companies saw sharp declines in output and new orders in the first quarter, as the industry rolled on the choppy seas of global and domestic slowdowns.

Coconut plucking could be monkey business in Kerala

April 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) Can a monkey do a man's job? Yes, when it comes to climbing tall coconut trees and plucking its fruits - a skill that has been hit by labour shortage, say the Kerala authorities.

Only Afghan leadership can resolve Afghanistan issue: Munter

April 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Lahore, Apr 29(ANI): U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that only Afghan leadership can resolve the Afghanistan issue and added that Pakistan and the United States can only give Kabul a helping hand.

This Jharkhand farmer spent 14 years digging a 'pond'

April 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Dumka, Apr 29 (ANI): Need is the mother of all inventions, says the old proverb. Today's transformed world has evolved new experiences that modify the old adages too: Denial is the new mother of all inventions. And sixty five-year old Shayamal Chaudhary of Jharkhand proved it right by single-handedly digging a pond in his village with fourteen years of dedicated effort.

Delhi to host ADB board meet in 2013

April 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Delhi will host the 46th annual meeting of the board of governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in May 2013, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said while releasing the logo of the event in the national capital Saturday.

India test flies naval variant of LCA

April 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Bangalore, April 27 (IANS) India Friday joined an elite club of countries by test flying the naval variant of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky.

'Sustainable tourism way to go in northeast'

April 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Sustainable, niche and community-based tourism - and not that of the five-star or mass variety - is the way to go for realising the full potential of the northeast, union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said Friday.

Maiden flight of Naval Light Combat Aircraft carried out

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Bangalore, Apr 27 (ANI): The maiden flight of the Naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was carried out successfully at the HAL Airport here on Friday.

India test-flies naval version of LCA

April 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Bangalore, April 27 (IANS) India Friday conducted the maiden flight of the naval version of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky.

Be a global citizen, Ban Ki-moon tells India's youth

April 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday called upon India's youth to "have a big dream" and to "look beyond your country" to become "a global citizen".

Pak experts divided over Gilani's disqualification following contempt order

April 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Islamabad, Apr 27 (ANI): Experts in Pakistan continue to remain divided over whether Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stands disqualified as a result of the Supreme Court's decision.

Only five percent primary teachers clear eligibility test

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Expressing concern over the poor quality of school teachers, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Friday said only 5.5 percent had cleared the primary school teachers eligibility test in 2012.

Now consensual sex with minors will be an offence, Cabinet approves bill

April 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The Cabinet on Thursday has given its nod to make amendment to existing 'Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011' by determining the age of legal sex to 18 years and above...........

UN expert discovers 'unexploded cluster bombs' in Sri Lanka's erstwhile civil war zone

April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Colombo, Apr 27 (ANI): A cache of unexploded cluster bombs have been found in Sri Lanka, a UN expert has claimed.

India urges UN member nations to continue financial support to health initiatives

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): India on Thursday urged the UN member nations to continue their financial and technical support to public health initiatives.

UN offers to help India in checking HIV transmission

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday said member nations of the world organisation are ready to help India in dealing with polio, malaria, tetanus, measles and HIV transmission-related mortality.

Wage disparity linked to rural jobs to go: Ramesh

April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The government is likely to bring changes in its flagship rural job scheme to remove disparity between wages given under it and the minimum wages fixed in states, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Thursday.

Libyan Islamists challenge ruling council's ban on religious, tribal and ethnic parties

April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Tripoli, Apr 26 (ANI): An Islamist party in Libya plans to challenge the country's ruling council's decision to ban political groups based on religion, tribe or ethnicity from taking part in upcoming elections.

China probes preserved fruit additives

April 26, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Beijing, April 26 (IANS) China's quality watchdog Wednesday ordered an inspection of the country's major fruit processing units after they were found to use excessive additives in their products.

UNICEF to distribute 25,000 solar lamps

April 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Ranchi, April 25 (IANS) Unicef will distribute around 25,000 portable solar lamps in Jharkhand's schools, a move that will help around 75,000 students during their studies.

'Urban projects fail to provide basic services'

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The number of projects undertaken by the urban development ministry for transition to quasi-urban society has not been accompanied by a commensurate increase in the supply of basic urban services, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development said Wednesday.

Delhi to get patents centre for small and medium units

April 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) An Intellectual Property Facility Centre (IPFC) is being launched Thursday in the national capital to help micro, small and medium enterprises protect their innovations, inventions and designs through patents and copyrights.

New strategies reducing malaria deaths in Odisha (April 25 is World Malaria Day)

April 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) India's health ministry is pinning its hopes on new strategies to bring down malaria deaths in Odisha's tribal and urban populations.

Soy-based supplement reduces menopausal hot flashes, muscle and joint pain

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington, April 25(ANI): Daily dose of a newly developed fermented soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing 10 mg of S-equol is as effective as a standard dose of soy isoflavones at reducing hot flash frequency significantly and is even more effective for relieving muscle and joint pain, researchers have claimed.

Funds for building toilets to be hiked: Jairam

April 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Government is mulling increasing the allocation for constructing toilets under the total sanitation programme, from present Rs.3,500 to Rs.9,900 per toilet, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Wednesday.

Now a 7-inch tablet for Rs.5,399!

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) Giving competition to the government's Aakash tablet, Telmoco Development Labs Pvt. has come out with a Tablet PC - Attitude Daksha - a 7-inch tablet variant for Rs.5,399 inclusive of all taxes.

Rajya Sabha passes bill to include disabled in RTE Act

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A bill to include children with disabilities in the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act was passed by the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

India has spent Rs.55.22 crores on athletes for 2012 Olympics

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The sports ministry said Tuesday that it has spent Rs.55.22 crore so far on the 46 medal prospects for this year's London Olympics.

Sikkkim wins top rural development award

April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Sikkim has won the 'best state' award for strengthening its panchayati raj institutions.

Rajya Sabha takes up bill to include disabled in RTE

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A bill to include children with disabilities in the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) was taken up by the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

Letting go of old goals can boost quality of life for breast cancer survivors

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): Breast cancer survivors who were able to let go of old goals and set new ones showed an improved well-being overall, researchers have found.

Anganwadi workers' pay may go up again

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Planning Commission is thinking of raising the remuneration of Anganwadi workers, who currently earn Rs.3,000 a month.

Letting go of old goals can boost quality of life for breast cancer survivors

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): Breast cancer survivors who were able to let go of old goals and set new ones showed an improved well-being overall, researchers have found.

UN chief to visit India

April 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

United Nations, April 24 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart for India April 25 for an official visit, UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey said here Monday.

Russia's trade surplus up 26 percent

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

Moscow, April 24 (IANS) Russia's trade surplus grew by 26 percent in March year-on-year, Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Klepach said Monday.

UAE Heritage Festival inaugurated

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 23 (IANS/WAM) Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, one of the sovereign emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) inaugurated the UAE Heritage Festival on the weekend.

Pakistan out of sight, Bangladesh look to South Africa

April 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Karachi/Dhaka, April 23 (IANS) Bangladesh have approached South Africa for a series in May after the postponement of a series in Pakistan. Due to its prior commitments, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is unlikely to go ahead with the Pakistan tour even if the Dhaka High Court gives the go-ahead.

'Himalayan Meltdown' wins at Worldfest film festival

April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) "Himalayan Meltdown", a documentary on the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and their effects on the lives and livelihoods of Asians, has been honoured with a Platinum Award at the 45th annual Worldfest International Film Festival.

Sri Lanka revises tourism target to 1 million

April 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Colombo, April 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka has revised its tourist arrival target to one million and is planning to upgrade services for tourists following a 21.1-percent rise in numbers in the first quarter of the year, a minister said here Monday.

UPA not diffident about decisions: Congress

April 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Congress Saturday rubbished opposition parties' allegation of policy paralysis in the party-led United Progressive Alliance and said the launch of nuclear-capable missile Agni-V showed that the government was not diffident about taking decisions.

Only 48 percent of Pak citizens have access to safe sanitation: WHO

April 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Karachi, Apr 21(ANI): Only 48 percent of population has access to safe sanitation in Pakistan, making it one of the of 57 countries currently most off-track to meet its sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target to halve the proportion of people without access to adequate sanitation, a UN agency report has said.

Tribal belt in central India not shared fruits of growth: Ramesh

April 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The tribal belt in central India has not shared fruits of high economic growth witnessed by the country over the past few years, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Friday and added that the proposed Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) will help take benefits of development to these areas.

Kerala should guard against religious fundamentalism: Ramesh

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Describing Kerala as the "fountainhead" of social harmony, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Friday warned against the danger of the state becoming threatened by religious fundamentalism.

No cap on Agni missile project: India

April 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Bouyed by the success of its long-range Agni-V ballistic missile test, India Friday said it will not 'cap' its three-decade-old programme and continue to develop more missiles in the series with modern, latest technologies.

Dhumal wants lower interest rate on NABARD loans

April 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Shimla, April 20 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Friday called for a cut in the interest rate on the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) loans saying high rates would hit rural projects in the state.

Public Distribution System to be computerised

April 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The food and public distribution department has signed an agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to scale up computerization of the targeted public distribution system (TPDS) in the country.

Ghaziabad architect caught taking bribe

April 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Ghaziabad, April 20 (IANS) An architect in the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) was Friday caught while accepting a bribe of Rs.20,000 from an applicant who wanted the map of his house approved, police said.

N-capable missiles in India's arsenal [To go with India test-fires 5,000 km Agni-V missile, China

April 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday successfully demonstrated its 5,000-km Agni-V ballistic missile, touted as its key nuclear deterrent against China since it can hit targets such as Beijing and Shanghai. India's nuclear arsenal also include several other missile that are nuclear capable. Here is a look at some of them:

Jagan Mohan congratulates DRDO on Agni-V launch

April 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hyderabad, Apr 19 (ANI): Describing the launch of Agni-V to be a remarkable accomplishment, YSR Congress Party President, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Thursday said the DRDO is well poised to achieve many more such milestones and make the nation truly proud of its advancements in missile technology.

BJP hails Agni-5 launch as proud milestone

April 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday 'hailed' the successful launch of the Agni-5 missile.

5,000-km Agni-V missile propels India into elite club

April 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday stormed into an elite club of nations with the capability to hit targets 5,000 km away, with the successful test of the much-anticipated Agni-V long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, described as 'China killer'.

Bihar to launch caste census from April 20

April 19, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Patna, April 19 (IANS) Bihar is all set to begin caste census from April 20 under a central government scheme. It's a gigantic exercise undertaken across the country after a gap of 80 years which will also identify households living below poverty line (BPL) in the state, officials said here Thursday.

Agni-V test fired successfully, India create history

April 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

India has created history and achieved another milestone in its defence system when it successfully tested the much-awaited Agni-V

Holmes to become Hilfiger ambassador

April 19, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Los Angeles, April 19 (IANS) Actress Katie Holmes is to become the ambassador of Tommy Hilfiger's new line, The Promise Collection.

CWG village: DDA says builder can allot flats

April 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that Emaar MGF, the construction company which built flats in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) village here, can allot the dwelling units to buyers as the completion certificate had been issued to 30 out of 34 towers in the village.

Agni-V test fire postponed till Thursday

April 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): The launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has been postponed till Thursday due to inclement weather.

Agni-V to be test fired off coast of Odisha today

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): India is all set to test fire its 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V on Wednesday from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.

Migraine 3 times more common in women than men

April 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

For every man with a migraine, three women are affected by the severe headache that is often affected with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound, say experts.

Women '3 times likelier to suffer migraine than men'

April 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

London, April 18 (ANI): As compared to every man with a migraine, three women are struck down by the severe headache that often comes with nausea and a sensitivity to light and sound, experts say.

In UAE island, rent a house to own it

April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 17 (IANS/WAM) An island resort in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has come up with a residential complex where people will be able to rent an apartment for three years, and at the end of the lease period choose an option to own it.

Foreign firms keen to manufacture Aakash 2 in India: Sibal

April 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday said many foreign companies have shown interest in manufacturing the second version of the low-cost tablet Aakash 2 in India.

Food insecurity looms over Pakistan, says daily

April 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Islamabad, April 17 (IANS) A lot of Pakistanis are going to be hungry for years to come, warned a daily while describing the situation as "desperate".

Pandit's Citi makes profit with India sale

April 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Washington, April 17 (IANS) Profits at Citigroup led by Indian American CEO Vikram Pandit rebounded to $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012 with revenue boosted by the sale of some stakes in India and China.

India to host WITFOR 2012 tomorrow

April 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): India is all set to host the World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2012 at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Tuesday.

Leaves guide plant's battle for sunlight

April 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Washington, April 16 (IANS) A plant's primary weapon for survival is the ability to grow towards the light, getting just the amount it needs and shadowing its competition, says a study.

OZ to import Asian workers as aged farmers set to retire in next decade

April 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Canberra, April 16 (ANI): Australia will have to import Asian workers, as the nation's farmers are about to retire in the next decade. The import of workers could lead to the draining of knowledge from Asian countries.

Fury at Gillard's decision to snub London Olympic, fund-raising event invitations

April 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Canberra, April 15 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has disappointed the country's Olympic chief and athletes by turning down invitations to the London Olympics and the team's key fund-raising event.

Nabard's Rs.15 bn fund to help women's self-help groups

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (Nabard) will create a Rs.15 billion fund to cater to women's Self-Help Groups in economically weaker districts in the country, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said Saturday.

NASA to draft 20-year Mars strategy by August

April 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Moscow, April 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) NASA will compile the Mars research plan for next 20 years by August, the US space agency officials have said.

Heart disease awareness campaign begins in Dubai

April 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Dubai, April 13 (IANS/WAM) A week-long campaign for the prevention of heart disease began in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Friday.

India's Pradeep Mehta on WTO panel

April 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The World Trade Organisation (WTO) said Friday it has appointed Pradeep S. Mehta, secretary general of Jaipur-based Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), on a high-level panel set up to identify 21st century trade challenges.

Rapid climate change putting Asia's rice production at risk

April 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Washington, April 13 (ANI): Rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia's rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists have warned.

NASA to study climate change in Bangladesh

April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Dhaka, April 13 (IANS) American space research institute NASA will conduct a study on the weather and climate change in Bangladesh.

Seven million unorganised sector workers to get pension under Swavalamban Scheme

April 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

In the move to benefit around 7-million unorganised sector workers, the cabinet Thursday approved an additional funding support of Rs.2,065-crore to be injected up to 2016-17 in Swavalamban Scheme of the New Pension System (NPS)........

Pakistan expo aims to reap trade benefits, goodwill

April 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday showcased a wide range of products here at a trade fair, signifying its search for a peace dividend with India with greater economic and commercial engagements.

7 mn unorganised sector workers to get pensions

April 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Aiming to benefit around 7 million workers in the unorganised sector, the cabinet Thursday provided additional funding support of Rs.2,065 crore to the Swavalamban Scheme of the New Pension System (NPS) upto 2016-17.

Fear of threats linked to social circle size

April 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Washington, April 12 (ANI): Humans' fear level toward threats may be determined by the typical size of our social circles, a new study has revealed.

Government purchases to be made more transparent

April 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The cabinet Thursday approved a bill to ensure greater transparency and accountability in government purchases.

Marriage registration to be made compulsory

April 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Registration of marriages is to be made compulsory irrespective of religion - largely to prevent the harassment of women in divorce cases - under two bills approved by the cabinet on Thursday.

Sibal welcomes apex court decision on RTE

April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict upholding the constitutional validity of the right to education (RTE) act that mandates unaided private schools to keep 25 percent seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society.

India leaps forward in clean energy race

April 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Washington, April 12 (IANS) India has taken a leap in the clean energy race with a 54 percent increase in investments in 2011 vaulting it from 10th to sixth place in the G-20 in just one year, according to a new study.

Rapid growth has led to rising inequalities, says Asian Development Bank

April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

New Delhi, Apr 11 (ANI): Developing Asia's rapid growth in recent years gave rise to a widening rich-poor divide that threatens to undermine the region's growth and stability, but governments can address the problem via shifts in spending priorities, the Asian Development Bank said.

ADB sees Indian economy growing at 7 percent

April 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) India's economic growth is likely to rise marginally to 7 percent this fiscal from 6.9 logged in 2011-12 as global conditions stabilise, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.

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